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UK’s Biggest Eco-Refuse CNG Fleet Hits the Streets of Liverpool

Powered by biomethane, a compressed natural gas (CNG), the 20 strong fleet will help to radically cut Liverpool City Council’s carbon footprint. Producing 80% fewer carbon emissions and 90% less Nitrogen Oxide than the previous diesel vehicles, each new wagon will cover more than 150,000 miles a year.

The vehicles each have a Mercedes-Benz Econic chassis with Faun Zoeller Variopress body, a load capacity of up to 10.5 tonnes and a rear steering axle to easily manoeuvre narrow streets. The new CNG vehicles are part of a drive to improve the collection and recycling of household waste across the city to help reach a target of recycling more than 55% of waste.

A CNG station has been installed at LSSL’s refuse collection depot and the new vehicles, reportedly, cost 35% less in fuel, compared to diesel vehicles. According to recent government statistics, the city has already achieved an 18% reduction in carbon emissions since 2012 and is on course to hit 35% by the end of 2020.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said: “This investment in a new fleet of refuse vehicles is a great statement of intent in our goal to make Liverpool a cleaner and greener city. The council inherited a tired and run down fleet which was inefficient, unreliable and costly. Having a brand-new refuse fleet that is bigger, more efficient and safer gives our collection teams the right tools to ensure residents receive a more reliable service.’’

Faun Zoeller Commercial Director, Stewart Gregory, said: “Liverpool City Council, and Liverpool Street Scene Services are a valued client to FAUN Zoeller. We have enjoyed an excellent relationship with the team at Liverpool over a number of years, and to have been able to assist in the integration of CNG into the fleet has been a valuable experience.”

Liverpool City Council’s Cabinet Member for the Environment and Sustainability, Cllr Laura Robertson-Collins, said: “It is vital that we improve the air quality across our city. As a council we will do all we can to move away from the use of diesel and other fuels that compromise health, within our own vehicle fleet.”

Source: LiverpoolExpress

Gas Networks Ireland and Applegreen to Open CNG Stations in Portlaoise and Tipperary

Gas Networks Ireland has entered into an agreement with Applegreen to develop two publicly accessible, fast-fill compressed natural gas (CNG) stations in Portlaoise and in Tipperary. The two stations will be strategically located along the M7 motorway, accessible from both directions of travel, with one at Applegreen’s forecourt in Midway, Portlaoise at exit 17 and the other located at junction 27 at Applegreen’s premises in Birdhill, Co. Tipperary, with other sites currently under discussion.

Part of the Causeway Project, this investment worth over €2m, will allow businesses to reduce transport costs and emissions. Construction on the project will get underway this summer with both stations expected to be in operation by the end of 2020.

Gas Networks Ireland, is leading the delivery of the Causeway Project.  This project is supported by a grant from the EU’s Connecting Europe Facility Transport Fund and the Gas Innovation Fund, approved by the CRU. Research is being co-funded and conducted by our project partner, the National University of Ireland Galway.

CNG is a proven alternative to diesel or petrol which reduces transport costs by up to 25% and reduces carbon emissions. CNG is natural gas which has been compressed to fit into a natural gas vehicle’s (NGV) tank and is particularly suitable for use in commercial vehicles. There are an estimated 25 million NGVs in operation worldwide, and almost two million in Europe. In the future, these vehicles can achieve zero carbon transport when operating on renewable gas.

CNG for transport is one of the key gas technologies set out in Gas Networks Ireland’s Vision 2050 published last year which outlines how it can reduce Ireland’s total carbon emissions by one third and create a net zero carbon gas network.

Declan O’Sullivan, Programme Delivery Manager with Gas Networks Ireland said; “Working with Applegreen to deliver two more publicly accessible CNG refuelling stations is another milestone in our efforts to develop a clean fuel option for Ireland’s commercial fleet transport sector. With the first public CNG station in Dublin Port operational, the second public CNG station constructed and another seven public CNG stations currently being developed, Ireland’s HGV and bus operators can now choose a cleaner fuel alternative. 

Dáire Nolan, Managing Director for Applegreen Ireland added; “We are delighted to announce the development of two publicly-accessible, fast-fill CNG stations through our partnership with Gas Networks Ireland. We are very proud to offer Ireland’s commercial fleet operators a cleaner and more cost-effective fuel alternative.”

Source: Gas Networks Ireland

Gasum Opens the First Gas Filling Station in Umeå, Sweden

The Nordic gas filling stations network is expanding as Gasum opens its 9th gas filling station in Sweden. The station is the first one in Umeå and serves both heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) and passenger cars. It is also an important part of Gasum’s plan to build a network of 50 gas filling stations for HDVs by the early 2020s in the Nordics. The growing network opens further opportunities to answer to the increased demand for low emission road transport.

The new gas filling station is in an area with heavy traffic where fuel consumption is high and the need for clean fuel solutions is rising rapidly. The inauguration of Umeå’s first gas filling station takes place on February 5. The station serves both HDVs and passenger cars: HDVs can fill up on liquefied biogas (LBG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG), while compressed natural gas (CNG) and biogas (CBG) are suitable for passenger cars, delivery vehicles, waste management vehicles and buses.

“As the gas station network expands, gas becomes available to more actors in the transport sector, which in turn increases the demand for gas. At the end of last year, we opened a new gas station in Östersund, which together with the Umeå station enables gas-fuelled vehicles to be used across Sweden,” says Mikael Antonsson, Director of Traffic at Gasum Sweden.

The increasing amount of new stations is a key factor in reducing emissions, particularly in the long-haul road transport segment. Heavy-duty transport currently accounts for up to 30% of Europe’s CO2 emissions from road transport. According to the new emission standards passed by the EU in 2019, greenhouse gas emissions from heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) are to be reduced by 30% by 2030. The national target in Sweden is to reduce road transport emissions by 70% by 2030, as compared to 2010 levels.

Source: Gasum

SEUR Expands Its Fleet of Vehicles Fuelled with Natural Gas

SEUR expands its ecological fleet in its service of super urgent deliveries in one or two hours SEUR Now, in the Spanish cities of Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia with the incorporation of 82 Volkswagen Caddy vans powered by natural gas.

These additions are added to the rest of the ecological fleet that the company has, and which currently accounts for 5.5% of the total. In addition, it is a clear example of how the company is committed to sustainability and improving efficiency in smart urban distribution.

The new SEUR Now vehicles allow a 27% reduction in CO2 emissions compared to a diesel vehicle of the same characteristics, which means a saving of 373 kg of CO2 per vehicle per month.

In addition, air quality in cities affects the quality of life and natural gas is one of the fuels that reduces the emission of pollutants that affect health to almost zero: it reduces nitrogen oxide emissions (NOx) by 85%, and eliminates 96% of PM solid particle emissions, in addition to halving noise pollution.

Marc Bayo, Director of SEUR Now, has pointed out that “with the growth of ecommerce we have not only gone from delivering packages to thousands of homes every day, but we have also managed to anticipate one of the main demands of online shoppers: I buy it and I want it now. Therefore, our goal is to meet increasingly shorter delivery times and do so with sustainable resources that complies with urban legislation that safeguards the environment.”

Source: Interempresas

Number of Natural Gas Vehicles Almost Doubled in Finland in 2019

The number of natural gas vehicles in Finland broke the 10,000 mark last year. This growth illustrates how well natural gas vehicles meet the vehicle needs of consumers and enterprises alike as an inexpensive and low-emission alternative. An increasing number of natural gas heavy-duty vehicles (HDVs) were also taken into use during 2019.

The popularity of natural gas vehicles is continuing its growth in Finland. According to the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom, the number of natural gas car and van registrations during 2019 exceeded 4,000, which is almost twice the number seen in 2018. Of these, new registrations amounted to around 2,200. The most popular makes among the first registrations were Škoda (1,111), SEAT (595) and Volkswagen (332). There were more natural gas cars than fully electric cars registered last year.

“The first registrations of new cars in Finland dropped by 5.2% year on year, but at the same time the registrations of gas cars increased by 84%. This shows that a segment of consumers and enterprises has discovered gas-fuelled vehicles. Awareness of this inexpensive and environmentally friendly vehicle alternative has also increased,” says Heidi Kuoppala, Business Manager, Traffic, Gasum. “The Finnish Government has set the target of introducing 50,000 gas vehicles on Finland’s roads by 2030. At the moment we’re ahead of this ambitious target and, with the right steering instruments put in place, the target can be reached considerably ahead of schedule, which would mean significant cuts in transport emissions.”

Steps towards zero emissions were also taken in logistics: a larger number of natural gas traction units and other HDVs were registered in 2019 than in previous years. According to Scania statistics, almost 4% of the HDVs sold by the company were powered by natural gas. In addition, according to the Transport Barometer of Finnish Transport and Logistics SKAL, 26% of transport enterprises are interested in choosing environmentally friendly natural gas and biogas.

Gasum continued to expand its gas filling station network in Finland and Sweden during 2019. The growing filling station network also serving heavy-duty transport enabled the introduction of more and more natural gas-powered traction units on the roads. Gasum will continue to respond to the growing demand for natural gas by expanding its filling station network even further. Last year also saw the expansion of the station network to entirely new regions in Oulu and Seinäjoki, Finland. Gasum currently has 34 stations in Finland and eight stations in Sweden for various vehicle categories.

Source: Gasum

Redexis and Fiat Professional Collaborate to Encourage NGV Mobility

Redexis and Fiat Professional will collaborate to promote sustainable mobility through the promotion of compressed natural gas (CNG). Fernando Bergasa, president of Redexis, and Alberto de Aza, CEO of FCA Spain and Portugal, today signed an agreement whereby the two companies commit to the development and promotion of sustainable mobility through the promotion of natural gas vehicles (NGV), thus reaffirming its commitment to environmental sustainability. 

Through this agreement, Fiat will promote CNG vehicles in its dealerships with the aim of extending its purchase and use, and will also share with Redexis information on the demand for this type of vehicles and on agreements to promote the installation of charging points with public access, in those areas close to the points of sale of the vehicles and that are considered of special relevance. Within the framework of this agreement, Redexis will develop the CNG loading facilities necessary to meet this demand for land mobility.

Fernando Bergasa, president of Redexis, said that “our goal is to continue building and developing the necessary infrastructure to promote more sustainable, economic and environmentally friendly alternative fuels in our country. That is why we expect to have more than 100 CNG stations nationwide in the next two years.”

The CEO of FCA Spain and Portugal, Alberto de Aza, stressed: “This agreement undoubtedly represents an important boost to the commitment that Fiat Professional has been making for more than 10 years on alternative energy vehicles thanks to the union of strengths of 2 leading companies in their respective sectors: Redexis, as a leading company in the development of Natural Gas Vehicular infrastructure, and Fiat Professional, which with its “Natural Power” range offers the most complete solution in the Commercial Vehicles market Light as far as the use of this type of energy is concerned.”

According to Gasnam’s registration data in Spain, and taking into account the current growth rate, the potential of vehicles powered by natural gas in Spain could exceed one million cars before 2030.

Source: Redexis

The Natural Gas Vehicle Market Closed 2019 with a Growth of 60%

The natural gas vehicle market continues to grow and closed the year 2019 with 22,814 units, 60% more than in 2018.

The continued growth of the fleet of light and heavy commercial vehicles 91% and 59% respectively is a sign that this fuel is consolidated as the economic and ecological option for the professional transport of goods and passengers. The wide range of models available, the price of fuel, the autonomies of vehicles and refuelling times similar to those of conventional fuels, are factors that have driven the growth of registrations in 2019.

Similarly, this option gains weight in tourism, reaching a figure close to 12,000 vehicles (88% higher than in 2018) of which 5,574 have registered in 2019.

The Autonomous Communities in which more registrations have been registered have been the Community of Madrid, Catalonia, Castilla-La Mancha, the Valencian Community and Andalusia.

The natural gas refuelling network has continued to grow in 2019, increasing capillarity throughout the territory. 19 new natural gas service stations have been opened, adding up to a total of 79 compressed natural gas (CNG) stations and 49 liquefied natural gas (LNG) stations currently in operation. The forecast for 2020 is that the number of CNG gas stations is greater than 130 and that of LNG more than 75.

Source: Gasnam

CNG Wheel Loader Developed by Case Wins Design Award

Case received the Good Design Award for its Project Tetra wheel loader concept. The Good Design program recognizes “the best designed products across the globe for sustainability, superior design, and unparalleled function,” the company said in making the announcement.

The award program is organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. A jury of international specialists with broad design experience selected this year’s winners following the original program’s criteria, which include the innovation, functional, and ecological impact of each winning product, according to Case.

The methane-powered wheel loader was introduced at Bauma 2019. It runs on compressed natural gas (CNG) and delivers up to 230 horsepower. It has since been tested in real-world construction environments to demonstrate its feasibility and prove its business case in terms of sustainability, reduced overall total cost of ownership, and operational viability.

Source: Case Construction Equipment

Discover the Compressed Natural Gas Arona TGI

SEAT have sent their Arona TGI across several countries in order to show the benefits of compressed natural gas. The Arona TGI went on a 1,622-mile road trip through four European countries in a cost-saving, compressed natural gas Arona TGI, with just £102 spent on gas for the entire trip- or 50% less than on petrol in a similar car.

Barcelona (Spain) – Colmar (France): 649 miles

The journey began in Barcelona. The first stop was to fill up the Arona TGI with compressed natural gas (CNG). A full tank for less than an equivalent of £14, allowing a range with gas of 211 miles. In the navigator, a 649-mile route that will be covered by refuelling three times. The first destination, Colmar, the French city in the Alsace region with the most famous Christmas tradition. From the last week of November until the end of the year, its typical, quaint half-timbered houses are transformed with lights and impressive Christmas decorations. Besides its five small markets, another jewel is its skating rink. It is one of the most popular activities enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.

Cost of gas: £41

Savings: £42

Treats: £12 (£6 ice skating, £6 hot chocolate)

Colmar (France) – Zurich (Switzerland): 97 miles

The Christmas route aboard a car fuelled with CNG continues to Zurich, 97 miles away, which requires just over a third of the gas in the tank. The Swiss city has several fairs, among which is Europe’s largest covered Christmas market, located inside the central train station. It is impossible not to stop at many of the 160 booths surrounding a 15-metre tree decorated with 5,000 glass ornaments.

Cost of gas: £6

Savings: £6

Treats: £26 (£18 reindeer ornaments, £8 glass ball)

Zurich (Switzerland) – La Morra (Italy): 272 miles

The next destination of the Arona TGI is 272 miles away. Crossing the Alps on snowy roads to get to La Morra, a small Italian village of 2,700 inhabitants surrounded by vineyards, which is reached with just over a full tank of gas. The shops feature typical Christmas products such as hazelnut nougat, hazelnut cream cake and its famous candied chestnuts.

Cost of gas: £17

Savings: £18

Treats: £55 (£21 hazelnut nougat, hazelnut cream cake and candied chestnuts, £34 lunch with white truffle).

La Morra (Italy) – Les Bains de Saint Thomas (French Pyrenees): 485 miles

On the way back the Arona TGI makes one last stop to the heart of the Eastern Pyrenees, at an altitude of 1,150 metres and at the end of a small mountain road are the Saint Thomas hot springs. The outdoor temperature is 5 °C at this time of the year, but its sulphur rich waters are at 37 °C and have a healing, soothing effect. The ideal way to end an exciting TGI trip.

Cost of gas: £30

Savings: £32

Treats: £12 (dip in the hot springs)

Les Bains de Saint Thomas (French Pyrenees) – Barcelona (Spain): 118 miles

1,622 miles with CNG: Including the return trip to Barcelona, the Arona TGI travelled more than 1,600 miles on European roads and motorways, refuelling at 8 gas filling stations of the close to 3,700 that can be found in Europe. Only £102 was spent on gas, which is half the amount with a similar petrol car.

Cost of gas: £7

Savings: £8

Total cost of gas: £102

Total savings vs petrol: £106

Total spent on treats: £106

Emission reduction: 52.22 kg of CO2

The Arona 1.0 TGI 90 CV FR facts and figures:

  • Four fuel tanks: three primary for CNG / secondary for petrol
  • ECO label
  • 25% fewer emissions compared to a petrol powered car
  • 340 kilometre range with gas + 140 with petrol
  • 13.8 kg gas tank
  • Consumption of 4.0 kilos/100 kilometres.

Source: SEAT

Clean Energy Applauds Passage of Alternative Fuel Tax Credit by Congress

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. (NASDAQ: CLNE) applauded the passage by the U.S. Congress of an alternative fuel tax credit which will continue to support the use of natural gas, a clean and affordable domestic transportation fuel option. Signed by President Trump, the credit is retroactive beginning January 2018 and extends through 2020 and applies to compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG).

“This tax credit will support the continued expansion of natural gas fuelling in the U.S., which will help to clean our air, address long-term climate issues and keep dollars here,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy. “We applaud Congress and the President for taking this action and encourage the implementation of permanent measures to encourage further use of this superior and cleaner fuel.”

The legislation includes the Alternative Fuels Tax Credit, which extends the $0.50 per gallon fuel credit/payment for the use of natural gas as a transportation fuel, and the Alternative Fuel Vehicle Refuelling Property Credit, which extends the 30 percent/$30,000 investment tax credit for alternative vehicle refuelling property.

The Alternative Fuels Tax Credit was last extended for the 2017 calendar year and applies to all classes of natural gas vehicles fuelled by geologic and renewable CNG and LNG. More and more of the CNG and LNG vehicle fuel is being derived from renewable sources such a dairies and landfills, making it the cleanest fuel available today. The tax credit’s longer-term extension is important to provide investment certainty for fleets of all shapes and sizes working to reduce their environmental footprint and address clean air and climate change sustainability goals.

Source: Clean Energy Fuels